A sewage backup in your home can be bad news for your water bill, not to mention how much money it can cost to replace your home’s pipes. It is important, then, to catch these issues early on before they can cause damage. The warning signs that your sewage system is not working properly can include clogs, and water built up throughout your home. This can mean that you flush your toilet and water could leak from your kitchen faucet. Here are some potential causes of sewage issues to look out for.
Everyday use of faucets and drains can cause clogs from hair, dead skin cells, soap residue, or even minerals contained in the water. These things can stick to the walls of the pipes and shrink them. Pouring grease down the drain will only make this problem worse because it attracts the other items to stick to the walls. Clogs are particularly problematic if they make their way into a main or secondary sewer line, causing the water build up from earlier. An early sign of a clog can include slow draining or weak water flow.
Your pies aren’t the only things extending underground. Tree roots can extend for large distances beneath the surface. If your pipes and a tree root make contact, the effect can be to interfere with your sewage system. Roots of the ability to grow around and constrict your pipes, shrinking them much like a clog would. Unfortunately, tree branches can also crush your pipes as well.
If your sewage system was not installed relatively recently, then it is probably made out of iron. The problem with iron is that it tends to rust and wear down, which can create leaks. A leaking pipe can lead to improper draining, backups, and a more expensive water bill.
Improperly Installed System
If whoever installed your home’s plumbing did not do it correctly, then chances are it was never properly draining to begin with. This can cause a huge inconvenience for you if this issue is combined with other risk factors. Unfortunately, this is the kind of issue that can require some extensive work on your system to repair.
A simple solution to catch these issues before they become a problem is perform regular maintenance on your pipes. This way, a professional can nip any of these risk factors in a snap!